If you are like me and are in the middle of your MOC cycle and have the spectre of preparing for another proctored exam hanging over your head, January 2019 brings some good news. MOCA-Peds will officially be here alleviating you of the anxiety associated with taking another exam.
There are at least 5 things you are going to like about this new option. You of course do not have to participate in the MOCA -Peds Program. You can still elect to take the proctored exam but assuming you will follow the flock and will participate in the MOCA-Peds program here are 5 advantages for doing so:
- Less Anxiety - Passing the Pediatric Part 3 - Cognitive Expertise will no longer come down to one day. The anxiety will now be spread out over the course of 10 years. During this period you will have to answer 20 multiple choice questions delivered to you 4 times each year. You can answer them on the device of your choice, wherever you want to be , as long as you have internet connection.
- Less Money Spent - If this wasn’t incentive enough it will be more expensive to take the proctored exam. That’s right, if you take the proctored exam you will have to pay additional fees.
- Much More Forgiving - When you are taking the proctored exam you can’t afford to have a bad day. You fail you are back in MOC-jail and go back and do it again. With the MOCA-Peds process, the 4 lowest quarters during your 5 year cycle are dropped. In other words you can have an entire bad year, and still get credit.
- Open Source - The exam is open source. You can use any book or even search the internet for the correct answer, You are of course not allowed to consult anyone, since you cannot disclose the content of the questions.
- You Are Keeping Up Not Catching Up - Since this is an ongoing process, you are “keeping up” rather than “catching up” with developments in the field of general Pediatrics. At least in theory this is the case, but it is more likely to be more relevant to enhancing your cognitive expertise.
This video is the official introduction to MOCA-Peds by the American Board of Pediatrics.